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About 4knots

Old sailor, new adventures. Lived in Washington, DC and area from Spring 1966 to Spring 2012 when I moved to Knoxville, TN. I began sailing in 1992 as mental therapy after the death of my beloved husband, Tomas, in 1991. I had become a workaholic, and sailing breezes gave me new life. I became an avid sailor, racer (including frostbite races), and a sailing instructor in Annapolis, MD, and in DC. I helped begin a community sailing program in DC as well as Baltimore, and taught underprivileged DC children to sail. I met my current husband, Ken, at a mutual friend's island home in the Chesapeake Bay. I was writing a poem while watching a storm role in as I sat on a bluff overlooking the Bay. He stopped by and we chatted for a bit. Later in the evening I was watching people dance and he commented that we were the only ones not dancing, so we danced one tune, but he was not a dancer. Later that night my friends wanted to row around the anchorage and say hello and go aboard to see other boats and continue the party...the boater's excuse to say. "my boat is better/bigger than your boat". One of our boardings was "Anisette", a Pearson 30' owned by Ken and his friends. A few weeks later we met again at a ski club summer event, a boat raft-up, and Ken became a pest that night and annoyed me to no end. He later sought me out and apologized, and invited me to go sailing as part of the apology. His boat partners were along and we had a lot of fun, even though it was too hot to be sailing.' Ken volunteered to crew for my race boat...afterwards I told him I did not need him as crew--he knew how to sail, but he did not know how to race, and I was use to winning. Our paths kept crossing, and at some point he showed up as a sailing instructor where I was teaching. My son was in college so I decided to advertise his room for rent, and Ken applied, and because I already knew him I accepted, but 2 or 3 months later he move out because his girlfriend, someone he worked with, wanted him to have his own place. Meantime, my son was coming and going, and I would meet interesting sailors who who were coming to Annapolis to learn to sail, as well as aduring the boat show weeks. Ken and his girlfriend broke up and he wanted to know if he could move back in and keep his boat at my dock. It was literally years later I learned he had been passing me off as his girlfriend before I was...and that finally explained a few odd comments from his boat partners and others that made no sense to me at the time. Well, in the end, everything happens for a reason. We eventually sailed aboard our Caliber 35, Harmony, on the Chesapeake and Delaware bays as well as up and down the east coast. We sailed through NY where we saw a sea plane flip over as it was trying to land at the Wall Street sea plane landing, where it floated belly up. We saw the pilot climb out. A barge with a big crane arrived and a diver attached a chain to the tail of the plane. The plane was hoisted out of the water, but before it could be swung onto the barge, the chain snapped and the small plane nosedived deep into the dark, murky water. At that point we moved on to where we anchored for the night: behind Pauper's Island. And the events of that 3-night anchorage is another story worth telling. We also sailed aboard a 44' cutter through the Caribbean from Puerto Rico to Columbia and explored the many islands in between. Ken proposed in Puerto Rico and, acting against my inner voice, we were married in St. Vincent in 2005.

A Drink and a “Hurricane”

Living aboard a 37 foot piece of real estate while slowly sailing through previously unknown bodies of water is fun and exciting, yet it is an experience that requires vigilance to your ever changing surroundings while paying attention to ever … Continue reading

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Transitions are not Always as Planned

Well…we sold the Annapolis, MD, property and boat slip in Nov 2011, and we sold the DC property in late Dec 2011, and we rented an Annapolis neighbors Back Creek boat slip for Harmony. The majority of our worldly possessions … Continue reading

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Retirement is hard work

It has been a long time coming, but we are as ready as we are going to be and will finally push off the dock this morning and head South down the Chesapeake Bay. We have a short weather window … Continue reading

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Nothing Worthwile is Easy

Just sayin…it is time to leave the unfinished business behind!  All One good thing I learned from my career was the importance of setting deadlines. Without them, time seems to just slip away, and before you know it, plans need … Continue reading

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Getting closer to sailing…

Visited Harmony, still on the hard, to check on progress of much needed repairs, and to place some boating items, including new dinghy oars, onboard in preparation for our return this Fall when she is launched. She had much needed … Continue reading

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Landlocked on the Tennessee River

It has been an ultra busy few months since we sold our house in DC and our condo in Annapolis. We stayed with my son and his family for a couple of months, which was a bit tough on them, … Continue reading

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Winter blues

I sit here in my crowded room struggling to focus on a long to-do list so our lives will be ready for living off the grid. The digital age is a steep learning curve, especially since just as I learn … Continue reading

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A new chapter begins

Well…we sold the Annapolis, MD property in Nov, and we sold the DC property in late Dec 2011. The majority of our worldly possessions are now in storage, and in mid-Feb we will begin a land tour of family and … Continue reading

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Tentative Progress

One boat, 2 slips…Fingers crossed that our condo in Annapolis will go to settlement on Wed., Aug. 11, 2011. Meantime in anticipation of this, we are leasing Slip A80, and the slip is 42′ long and 14′ wide…a much better … Continue reading

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New boat systems tested

Managed to get 2 days aboard During July. Tested all the new systems…LOVE the Raymarine x5 Pilot auto helm!!! Frustrated with the Raymarine e90w and the radar…way too much to learn. Turned off the AIS alarms…very annoying. Need to figure … Continue reading

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